Auckland Castle is one of the UK’s most important historical buildings. Since the days of the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, Auckland Castle has been a seat of power. For almost 900 years, it has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham and although the site where Auckland Castle now stands has seen numerous changes, few will have been as far reaching and visionary as those which are set to take place in the 21st Century.


*Please note when you are planning your visit there are currently roadworks in Chester-le-street and Thinford which may delay your journey. For more information and alternative routes please click here.

What Our Visitors Say

"It’s our first visit to the castle and I have to admit we’ve lived here for years and never realised what an amazing place we have on our doorstep. We both really enjoyed learning about the history and importance of our home town, it’s left us really quite proud and after talking to one of the volunteers I can’t wait to see the future plans. "
Visitor , March 2014
"It is clearly a really positive project that is in hand. Congratulations and good luck with moving from strength to strength!"
Visitor , March 2014